Business Class Passes Strict National Review Process – Athens State University

Business Class Passes Strict National Review Process

Athens State University’s College of Business recently submitted its Operations Management course (MG390), developed by Dr. Kim Roberts and Dr. Mark Gale, to be reviewed by a team from Quality Matters.

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. The Quality Matters Rubric has become one of the most widely used sets of standards for the design of high quality online and blended courses at the college level. Today, more than 850 colleges and universities subscribe to Quality Matters. The QM Process focuses on quality assurance efforts in online learning and assists faculty with making the transition into distance education.

“While this process involved a significant time commitment, I found it to be well worth it,” states Roberts. “In addition to receiving course certification, we gained valuable feedback and recommendations from the external reviewers to make the course even stronger for our students.”

In order to meet Quality Matters review expectations using the Fifth Edition of the Quality Matters Rubric, a course must meet 21 essential standards. In addition, the Operations Management course must receive a minimum of 84 (out of 99) points among all 43 standards.

The University is pleased to report that the course met each of the 21 essential standards and received 99 out of 99 possible points. The course is now eligible to carry the QM Certification Mark.